Kien Van Nguyen took his PhD in sociology at the ANU in 2012 with the support of an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian government. His thesis was on ‘Social Capital, Livelihood Diversification, and Households’ Resilience to Floods in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. His field work was funded by EEPSEA (under IRDC) and was published as a research report and policy brief. He is currently Director of the Research Centre for Rural Development, An Giang University, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.
Kien has published several papers in international journals and local newspapers. He has more than ten years’ experience in teaching and researching environmental issues in the Mekong River Delta and has presented his work at many international and national conferences on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and conservation now the main focus of his research interests.